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Mother-daughter pair bring some sparkle to HomeStyles

By Leah Schmalz

Ever wanted a baseball hat without a logo, or one that dresses your outfit up instead of down?

A Little Southern Sparkle, the newest addition to HomeStyles Gallery, offers just that.

The shop is run by Debbie Thomas and her daughter Amy Purser, who discovered the hats several years ago while on vacation but could never find them locally. After being stopped and complimented on the hats so often, Purser and Thomas began to consider bringing the hats to the local area themselves.

“Everywhere we go, people stop us,” said Purser. “It had just been more or less a joke until I got stopped four times in one day. As far as we know, this is the only place they’re available locally.” […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

SonFest returns with live music, carnival features

By Leah Schmalz

St. John Neumann Catholic Church will be transformed into a fun-filled carnival next weekend for the fifth annual SonFest. The festival runs Friday, June 12 from 5 to 11 pm and Saturday, June 13 from 4 to 11 pm at 8451 Idlewild Road.

Sponsored by the American Burger Company, SonFest will offer all the food, rides and games that accompany a traditional carnival. In addition to classic carnival food like hot dogs, cheesesteaks and funnel cakes, there will be ethnic dishes available. Polish and Latin American plates are available both days, Vietnamese plates are available Friday and Eritrean plates are available Saturday.  […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Smoking, tobacco ban off to uneventful start

By Andrew Stark

It’s been just over three months since the Town of Mint Hill adopted a smoke-free stance in and around government grounds, vehicles and property and went tobacco-free in Mecklenburg County parks, but you’d hardly know the ban was implemented.

“I haven’t heard a peep,” town manager Brian Welch sad. “Folks just don’t smoke as much as they used to, so it doesn’t have as much of an effect as it may have had in the past. But no, in all honesty I haven’t heard one person say anything about it.” […]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment

Patriots get tough first test on gridiron

By Andrew Stark

First-year Independence football coach Justin Hardin won’t have any time to ease into his new role as the leader of the Patriots. released the schedule for its third-annual Kickoff Night, a grouping of two games that annually kick off the football season in a stand-alone format, and the Patriots are on tap for the nightcap for the third straight year.

After bulldozing South Meck with 49-0 wins each of the past two seasons, the Patriots will get a little tougher challenge this year in two-time defending Class 4-AA champion Mallard Creek at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 22, a Saturday, at approximately 8 p.m.

The Independence-Mallard Creek game will be played 30 minutes after the kickoff game of Charlotte Country Day and Myers Park concludes. […]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, History, Independence High School|0 Comments